Wednesday, December 31, 2014

AlphabeThursday - G is for Personal Growth

I believe small, inconsequential events occur for a reason.  
Like what happened to me a few days ago:

I was looking at my Wish List on Amazon and saw there were a number of books by Jill Berry,  one of my 21 Secrets instructors.  I wasn’t sure which one I wanted, so I went to visit her blog.  She had an interesting post about Tara Gill and her Wheel of Life.  I printed out Tara’s templete and made my own Wheel, with a little bit of color added. 

My Wheel of Life did not come out very well rounded.  My personal growth, career and physical environment are all doing well.  I guess that’s because I like learning new things.  And I enjoy my surroundings; give me a desktop computer and the internet and I’ll make my own classroom.  What made my wheel so bumpy were the other parts of my life, like love and health, which aren’t doing well.  

It’s the perfect time of year to look at your where you want to make improvement.  So come and draw your own Wheel; there’s a template and instructions here.  

Come see what other bloggers and web designers have to say about the Letter G, over at Ms. Jenny’s site, … off on my tangent…

Thursday, December 25, 2014

AlphabeThursday - F is for Freedom

Even though I enjoy reading my Letter Perfect book and “reporting” back to my readers about what’s going on, I have to admit art journaling is more fun.  So I decided to look around my 21 Secrets classes to find a good Letter F word for Ms. Jenny’sAlphabeThursday.  

And I came upon Carolyn Dube's class,  “Freedom from Fear.”  She talks about thwarting our inner critic and enjoying art journaling for pleasure’s sake.  Very similar to her magazine article, “Rolling the Dice,” that I wrote about last week.  But back to 21 Secets…  In this class, we painted with Ramon Noodles.  Can you believe it?  Can’t be very critical with a noodle in your hand, now can you?     

I think this is my favorite piece.  I swirled around lots of different colors.  It was the last paper I painted on; trying to use up all the paint!  When it was dry, I taped the page into my art journal.  This will be one of the last things I’ll do in my journal for the year.   I would have never thought of anything like this.  Leave it to Carolyn, to think this up!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

21 Secrets - Essence of S.H.E. (Souls Highest Expression)

For the past few years, I’ve been using composition books as art journals.  But this year, I was thinking of putting together my own journal.  When I read the supply list for Lauri Grumsham-Cox’s 21 Secrets class, I knew I found my journal: we were going to “deconstruct to reconstruct” a journal using a composition book.    

Lauri suggested we gather together different papers for our journal.  So I cut to size some watercolor paper, discarded mailers and envelopes, some papers I collaged in another 21 Secrets class , and a few old paper dividers. 

I followed the instructions and tried to put my soul into it.  The woman I painted on the cover even encouraged me to cut my hair!  I decided to add this post into my journal, to remind me of my instructor and 21 Secrets.  Thanks, Lauri, for the opportunity of making my art journal for 2015!

As chance had it, this post was just in time for my AlphabeThursday Letter E!  Come see what other bloggers and web designers have to say about the Letter E, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  … off on my tangent…

Monday, December 15, 2014

Role of the Dice

I bumped into a favorite art journaler, while reading in a new magazine my mom got me, called Cloth Paper Scissors.  The artist’s name: Caroyln Dube.  She’s also one of my 21 Secrets instructors.  In the article, Carolyn writes about the inner critic in her head, telling her what to do.  Or not to do.  Funny, I have that same voice, telling me I’m not an artist and I can’t do this or that very well.  I guess that’s why I enjoy blog challenges; it keeps my critic at bay.    

About Carolyn’s article:  she came up with the idea of making dice, to tell you what to do.  Leaving it up to “the roll of the dice.”  When I was out shopping on Saturday, I bought a set of Mickey Mouse blocks.  Sunday I was hanging out with a lot of acrylics on my craft table, and decided to get the blocks a little dirty.  I used them to stamp paint in my journal; then sprayed some water on the page, to get the paint moving.  I’ll decide what else to do later.  And of course, how to cover the sides of the blocks with some Dos and Don’ts.  That should quiet some of the “mental prattle” (as Carolyn puts it) in my head.  

If you’re into crafts and paints, you might enjoy Cloth Paper Scissor. Carolyn’s article is in the November/December 2014 issue.  I’ll be writing more about my dice later.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

AlphabeThursday - D is for Dot

Seven years ago, I started making jewelry.  Who knows why, I guess I needed a creative outlet.  I joined Etsy and created an online shop.  But decided I needed to advertise and market my wares to a broader audience, so I created a blog and started writing.  And wow!  What words came pouring out of me!  It was a rush!  

I changed my artistic venues from jewelry making (and what became a second job!) to bookmaking.  Something I’ve always wanted to do.  As I continued blogging with paper in mind (instead on beads) I stumbling upon a site called Art Journaling Ning, back in 2010.  I had never heard of art journaling- I really enjoyed it!       

Watched a Bruce Springsteen tribute Saturday night.
This past weekend, I spent a lot of time in my art journal, creating for myself.  The spreads I made weren’t appropriate for AlphabeThursday Letter D, but it was such a  comfort.  I was collaging with lots of CIRCLES, a favorite shape of mine. 

I woke up on Sunday, thinking about AlphabeThursday.  And then it came to me (I do my best thinking in the morning): a Dot is a Circle!  And there’s Dots all over my journal pages.  How I love the English language and all the words available for just one thought!

Come see what other bloggers and web designers have to say about the Letter D, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  …offon my tangent…

Thursday, December 4, 2014

AlphabeThursday - The Busy Letter C

The Letter C has a busy place in the English alphabet.  Its sound may be 

... a hard C, as in CAPITAL
... a soft C, as in OCEAN
... combined with an H (borrowed from the French), as in CHAMPAGNE
... changed for a British word - as in CURB (not kerb), 
or be silent, as in MUSCLE.

A little history…  David Sacks tells us in his book Letter Perfect, “Back in 1000 BC, the third letter of the Phoenician alphabet was the letter G, gimel.  It came after B and before D.”  The Greeks copied this alphabet around 800 BC, but the letter C had not appeared yet.  In the B.C. 700s, the Etruscans (who lived in Italy and were trading partners with the Greek) changed the gimel to gamma.  They also changed the letter to a hard C sound, as in kay.  And it stuck.  

When Latin was written in the B.C. 600s, the Romans gave the Letter G its own place in their alphabet, and kept the Letter C in the third place.  It was used, for example, in the name for Cupid.  The soft C sound began to be used by the common people.  After Rome's fall in around A.D.500:  “the slurred C became part of the Romance languages… which arose from dying Latin.”

Middle English, a combination of French and Old English came to England after the Norman Invasion in 1066 AD.  It looks to me that many French words joined the English language at that time.  

To learn more about the letters in the English language, try David Sacks’ book, Letter Perfect.  And read more AlphabeThursday posts that begin with the Letter C, over at Ms. Jenny’s site,  …off on my tangent…
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